HSUS Cozies Up to Trump Administration

The Humane Society of the United States’ political arm endorsed Hillary Clinton last year, calling a Donald Trump administration a “threat to animals everywhere.” So why is HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle now getting close to the very people he condemns?

Pacelle visited the White House on Wednesday for a roundtable featuring himself, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, Lara Trump, and the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Along with HSUS’s condemnation of Trump’s agenda, HSUS’s political arm singled out Lara Trump’s husband, Eric Trump, and his brother Don Jr. for going on safari hunts in Africa. Pacelle has also raged against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

And now Pacelle is hobnobbing with the Trump family while sitting just two chairs away from Zinke at the White House. HSUS also hosted Lara Trump at its Washington, D.C. office in July.

One possibility: Pacelle is looking for money. Pacelle, you may recall, betrayed many HSUS supporters by publicly allying with Michael Vick after Vick’s release from prison for dogfighting-related charges. HSUS took $50,000 from the Philadelphia Eagles and embarked on a public rehabilitation tour for Vick. Pacelle even endorsed Vick getting another dog as a pet.

Now, Pacelle sees a new opportunity: Get close to a billionaire’s family and its social network. Oily Pacelle loves to attend and host events for the wealthy in Palm Beach and Manhattan. And it’s clear from Vick that anyone’s money is green to Pacelle, who laid off 55 people last year after HSUS had fundraising troubles.

We have followers of all political stripes, so we’re neutral as to the politics here. But if Wayne Pacelle wants to play both sides—much like he tried to have it both ways with Michael Vick—people deserve to know.

Posted on 10/19/2017 at 6:42 pm by Humane Watch Team.

Topics: Gov't, Lobbying, Politics


  • Joe Overlease

    Friends do not let friends give to the HSUS. Give to local shelters

  • Marcella Covault

    I suspect President Trump and most of his staff have Pacelle’s “number”, and that the visit was more a courtesy to Lara Trump, who appears to be AR-brainwashed at this time.

    • dogger

      She is more like brain dead you should hear some of the three totally inane comments she has made about dog breeders,it might be a good idea to know what you’re talking about before opening your mouth and inserting your number ten size foot!? Luckily for us president Trump appointed governor Sonny Perdue has the head of the USDA and he is a smart no nonsense conservative thinker! Practiced as a veterinarian for years before being elected governor of our great state of Georgia!? Also he and his wife fostered 12 children over the years besides having a large family of their own!!

  • Muleman Jack

    Prostitutes come in all shapes and sizes. It’s like the old saying goes, “Follow the Money.” Those who seek it without legitimate work will always try to shortcut the game by taking as direct route as possible to the source of the money, or the source of the influence that will help them get more money. That is why all honest people must be ever diligent in protecting themselves from the vultures and prostitutes.

  • Tina Pickett

    I’d say a family of confirmed omnivores would find the idea of ONLY eating plants and ZERO contact with every animal on earth a very difficult sell.

  • rick hihath

    Omg pacelle is a known 2 faced crook …why wouldn’t he go to the white house and scheme with the other 2 faced crooks

  • Buzz Ard

    So, a con-artist finds a way to make money off the backs of the Eco-Pagan/Animist religious movement… I’ll ponder that while I nibble on a quinoa-grizz pemmican bar…

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  • Dave Walls

    Read about sexual harassment claims at HSUS on glassdoor.com